San Jose Mayor attends community meeting involving rent control

SAN JOSE (BCN) — San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is expected to attend a community meeting this evening on the difficulties renters are facing to stay in the
city.

Council members Magdalena Carrasco and Raul Peralez are also expected to attend and listen to an estimated 400 people discuss their concerns surrounding rent control and just cause evictions.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the multipurpose room of Overfelt High School, located at 1835 Cunningham Ave.

People Acting in Community Together, a multicultural and multifaith grassroots group, organized the meeting because it believes many families have been forced to leave the city because of high rents and evictions.

Rental fees in San Jose have gone up 10 percent annually for the past five years, PACT officials said.

Residents will express their concerns, including alleged discrimination against low-income Section 8 voucher holders and fears of being forced to move without any reason, according to the group.

They are also dealing with overcrowding issues and a lack of repairs in their homes, according to PACT.

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